Virginia Lake

Stoneham, Maine

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Surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, Virginia Lake is a real gem, set just south of a string of peaks that stretch to 2,000 feet in elevation. The lake itself is at 820 feet. Because Virginia Lake is small, it does not see much boat traffic, aside from a few fishermen. Trout fishing here is said to be good. The forested shores—primarily oak—on the west, south, and east give way to marshy inlets on the north that drain the surrounding peaks. During spring high water, you should be able to paddle back into the swamp a little way. Besides the typical bog vegetation, there is an alder swamp, the summer home of an uncommon and very drab warbler-sized bird, called appropriately enough the alder flycatcher. Prominent fish species: white perch and chain pickerel.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, Virginia Lake is a real gem, set just south of a string of peaks that stretch to 2,000 feet in elevation. The lake itself is at 820 feet. Because Virginia Lake is small, it does not see much boat traffic, aside from a few fishermen. Trout fishing here is said to be good. The forested shores—primarily oak—on the west, south, and east give way to marshy inlets on the north that drain the surrounding peaks.

During spring high water, you should be able to paddle back into the swamp a little way. Besides the typical bog vegetation, there is an alder swamp, the summer home of an uncommon and very drab warbler-sized bird, called appropriately enough the alder flycatcher. Prominent fish species: white perch and chain pickerel.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Stoneham
Distance: 2
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: White Mountain National Forest
Local Maps: USGS East Stoneham
Driving Directions: Directions to Virginia Lake

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Apr 2018